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Debbie Goes to Court


The Moot Court room.

The Moot Court room. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Debbie Goes to Court”
~ a story ~

This court case was unusual. A judge was present, but no attorney or jury. Who was being tried was not a person or corporation, but rather a belief and value of some. This enemy was called Perfectionism.

Debbie brought Perfectionism to trial since her belief in it, and what was taught about it by her parents, had ruined her life. Far from the blissful existence it tried to portray, perfectionism was sickness, sorrow, and a sad form of insanity.

In this case, the judge heard Debbie’s opening arguments. She spoke them to the judge and audience, some of whom were victims of Perfectionism as well.

Debbie began:
“Perfectionism has made me hate myself when I couldn’t be perfect. I spent all my life, time and emotions trying for an impossible goal. This wore me out and robbed me of my life. I didn’t really live during this time, I barely existed, because Perfectionism made me feel I didn’t deserve to live.

Furthermore, Perfectionism has killed ballerinas and models and others who have to be thin for their professions. Movie stars and others have had their bodies cut and manipulated to look like someone else. Writers and artists throw out their pet projects if they think they can’t “get it right.” They sell their souls just for the state of perfectionism, which does not actually exist. And I can’t stand it anymore!” Debbie concluded.

A loud cheer arose from the audience. Anorexics and bulimics and militant dieters echoed Debbie’s sentiments and heard the words of freedom for perhaps the first time. Other guests listening to the court case agreed as this reflected how they, too, had been affected.

The judge pounded his gavel and asked for silence. He then praised Debbie for uncovering the truth.

“So how then should we live?” he asked.

“With patience and love for ourselves,” was the answer. “We need to remind ourselves that no one is perfect, nor do we have to be. If there is perfectionism at all, it should be the perfect letting go of unreal ideals that make us hurt ourselves or others.”

“Amen!” shouted the judge jubilantly. “Court stenographer, make sure you get this dowm: I grant peace and freedom to all those who have ruined or wasted their lives for Perfectionism’s sake. I’m announcing that Heaven is the only place that perfectionism exists.”

“And Debbie, since this is not a typical courtroom, I will now allow you to say or do anything you’d like in response to this.”

Debbie laughed with glee. From her purse she took two lipsticks and one small jar of paint. To the audience she waltzed up and stood in front of the Hollywood director. Quick as a flash, she drew designs all over his face with the lipsticks and poured the orange paint into his hair.

“Good luck, then,” the judge called to her retreating figure going out the courtroom door.

“Thank you, sir,” she called back. “I’m in a hurry to live my real life now!”


Author: Debb Stanton

I am an optimistic, positive person who is a seven year cancer survivor. Since that time I have learned that getting a cancer diagnosis does not always mean an automatic death sentence. I like to share my hope with others and continue to encourage them - no matter who they are or what they need encouragement for. I write poems, prayers, articles, and stories. Recently the premiere issue of my online magazine, launched. Thank you for visiting!

10 thoughts on “Debbie Goes to Court

  1. Thanks for the dropping by and following. Good journey.

  2. Reblogged this on LightWriters and commented:
    Has perfectionism taken too much living out of your life? ‘Sunshine Factor’ hits the mark and deals perfectionism a knock out punch with a brief ‘courtroom drama’ and an ending you won’t want to miss.

  3. Reblogging this powerful story. It hits the mark and then some in today’s world where the insatiable appetite for perfection has made ‘perfection’ an idol and has robbed so many people of life, just as you’ve described so well. The court setting is great, and I loved how it all wraps up with Debbie scribbling lipstick and pouring paint on the Hollywood director! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Susan! What an incredible compliment you paid me, to reblog my little story. 🙂 I loved the lipstick and paint part, too, because it could help me get out my anger at society’s perfectionism without hurting anyone (and Hollywood is the start of much of it). 🙂

      • It’s an excellent story. My sister works in health care with people suffering from anorexia, so I’d like to share the story with her, with your permission. Thanks so much again for an excellent post!

      • Ooh, good idea – you sure can share it…interesting, I have an eating disorder, so I am fascinated with anything on that topic, although my disorder is the compulsive overeating type. But God is helping me get through it. 🙂

      • Thanks so much. Prayers for you as God makes a new way in your life to 100% overcoming victory. He’s faithful. He will do it! Blessings in Him, Susan 🙂

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